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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-09-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Help introducing chins

We just introduced our two male chins (both roughly 6 months old) for the first time. We've had their cages next to each other for the past week. Their constant "guarding" of their cage stopped after several days and they appeared more relaxed around eachother.
Today we introduced them. First we dabbed the base of each other their tails with vanilla to try to neutralize their smells. We used a large pen and placed the more aggressive one inside of a smaller cage within the pen. We left them like that for almost two hours, until the barking and aggressive behavior stopped and they both fell asleep. Then we let them both loose in the pen, with a pan full of dust in hopes that it would distract them.
They chased each other, taking turns chasing the other, and both shared the dust. They engaged in some ariel combat, and when what we thought was two much flying fur occured, we quickly tossed a dry washcloth on them to disrupt them, which worked. Eventually their was some chasing that we thought got too intense, so we placed the more aggressive one (the same one from the beginning) back into the cage within the pen. That's when we noticed that our aggressive guy had a nip on his nose with some blood (we dabbed neosporin on it.) We took this as enough excitement for one day and returned them to their cages to relax.
Questions: Are we handling the situations correctly? When is too much hair/sparring too much? We intend to eventually put them in our large cage, but the aggressive one already lives in it (we don't have the funds to get another large, neutral one,) so should we switch up the living arrangments so as to minimize territorial responses? Any other tips? Thank you.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 09:59 AM
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Actually, it sounds like you're doing everything you can do right. It may just take some time. I'm currently trying to do the same thing but I'm not having much luck with it yet (not to discourage you.) On my first pair, I used the smush technique and that worked well. There's a lot of people that don't agree with that technique, though.

I would just keep doing what you're doing - making sure to monitor them at all times while together (which it sounds like you are.) When you get ready to place them in the same cage, just clean it really well to help with the territorial situation.


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